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Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Open Now

Amanda Holden with a Deatheater on Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Dark Arts area open now
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Dark Arts area open now

Last night, celebrities including Mary Berry, Amanda Holden, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp, Conor Maynard, Jake Wood, Charlie Brooks and Gaby Roslin celebrated the launch of a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artifacts, in what is Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s first permanent addition since opening. As we posted last month, the addition features a larger, full-size, version of the Malfoy Manor set as well as many other exciting props!  A two-week event highlighting the Dark Arts will start this Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November. A press release can be found below:

On the night celebrities were invited to a reception at the Studio Tour, where they walked the green carpet, before being greeted with a glass of celebratory bubbles. Following the spooky reception guests were invited into the Studio Tour for the official reveal of the new Dark Arts sets.

After walking through the Great Hall where the pumpkin-filled Hallowe’en feast was on display, celebrities including Amanda Holden, Charlie Brooks and Conor Maynard were treated to Dark Arts themed drinks, including a special bubbling cauldron cocktail, more bubbles and Butterbeer. Canapés and snacks served on tombstone slates were also on offer for celebrities to enjoy.

The new area includes the full Malfoy Manor set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Celebrities including Jonathan Ross and Simon Pegg were able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat. Jonathan Ross, Amanda Holden, Conor Maynard, Gaby Roslin even took a seat at the iconic table

Celebrities also marvelled at the mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage who is suspended above the set. In addition, the life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini who sits on the mahogany table, was joined by a special guest as the real snake, who was studied by the Visual Effects Department as a basis for some of Voldemort’s snake Nagini’s, was on hand for the night to meet and greet the guests. Celebrities including Amanda Holden, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp and Jake Wood even stepped up to the mark on the night and got up close and personal with the snake on the Borgin and Burkes set.

On the night there were also special appearances by the Death Eaters who were roaming around the Studio Tour and challenging celebrities to wand duels. Guests also had the chance to enjoy a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. In addition, a section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, were on show for guests. Mary Berry was even seen inspecting the china in Umbridge’s office.

This October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books Launches Harry Potter Book Night
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In a new press release from Bloomsbury this morning, they’ve announced that on February 5th they will be launching Harry Potter Book Night.

February 5th 2015 will see the first ever Harry Potter Book Night. This exciting event will give new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. You are hereby invited to embrace the magic and banish the midwinter blues!

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is inviting schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups to host early-evening events in celebration of Harry Potter Book Night. Bloomsbury is creating a complete Harry Potter Book Night Kit – available for free download – offering hosts everything they need to plan an unforgettable evening. The kit will include invitation templates, an event poster, games, activities and quizzes as well as ideas for dressing up and decorating the venue. The kit will be available from the new website Event hosts can register now at the site to receive the kit and updates in the run up to the big night.

In addition to the community events outlined above, there will be public events in London and key regions, a major competition for UK and Irish schools and many further treats and surprises – all celebrating J.K. Rowling’s seven iconic Harry Potter books – to be revealed soon.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books will be marking Harry Potter Book Night on February 5th in their key territories, giving fans across the world an opportunity to join in the celebrations.

Bloomsbury is working closely with Harry Potter partners on plans for the inaugural Harry Potter Book Night, and this interactive celebration joins the new Jonny Duddle jackets, Harry Potter book festival events and the Jim Kay illustrated editions publishing October 2015 as part of a wider strategy from Bloomsbury to pass the magic of these unique adventures on to as many readers as possible.

Harry Potter Makes Best AND Worst Book to Movie Adaptions List
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In a new survey by Vue Cinemas, the Harry Potter books came out in the Top 5 Best AND Worst book series to be turned into films. Vue have sent over the results which you can read in full here. Find the results specific to Harry Potter below.

Harry Potter came out as the worst book series to be turned into a film, mainly due to plot gaps and actor choices. The top five worst books to be turned into films are as follows:

  1. Harry Potter
  2. 50 Shades of Grey (interesting as it’s not even been released yet)
  3. Lord of the Rings
  4. The Hobbit
  5. Twilight

Lord of The Rings came out as the UK’s favourite book series to be turned into films, due to it staying true to the book, and it bringing to life what the reader imagined. The top five best books to be turned into films are as follows:

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Harry Potter
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Batman
  5. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Harry Potter was voted both the worst book adaptation, and the second best. In this context, worst doesn’t mean bad films, it means the series that people felt the most was missed out of. Plus, the books had such a wide-spread and intense following, that the films were always going to upset some fans.

Other little tidbits on the results:

  • Out of the Harry Potter books and films, the books are the clear favourite amongst fans, with more preferring the book versions of Harry Potter than any other vs. questions in the survey. 12% more agreed that the books were better than the films. In fact, every region of the UK agreed that the books are better.
  • The key moments respondents felt were missed out of the Harry Potter films were Peeves the Poltergeist and the Quidditch World Cup, followed Hermione’s elf rights group, SPEW.
  • Females are bigger fans of the Harry Potter books than males, with females preferring the books, and males preferring the films.
J.K. Rowling Teases Fans with ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Anagram

Yesterday, J.K. Rowling teased fans on Twitter with an anagram that would give us “the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt’s story. It isn’t part of the script, but sets the scene.”

After lots of guesses and confusion, Jo gave us poor souls a few clues to help solve the riddle.

She gave one final clue before a fan figured it out:

Read the answer below:

She finished the epic Twitter frenzy by giving us a full 2 sentence synopsis of the film!

Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton Cast In Paddington

Potter alums Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are the latest actors added to the Paddington cast. They will be playing Paddington Bear’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film, produced by Potter’s David Heyman, also stars their Harry Potter colleagues Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. After some recent casting changes, Colin Firth has been replaced by Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

The film will be released on November 28, 2014 and the world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23.

“What If” Blu-Ray and DVD Release Date Announced
Filed Under Daniel Radcliffe and are both reporting a November 25, 2014 release date for Daniel Radcliffe’s film, What If which was released a few months ago in select theatres around the US.  You can pre-order the film on Amazon or Best Buy. They have also posted some of the special features we can expect on the BluRay:

Special Features:

  • Two Vignettes
    • Blurred Lines – Hear from the actors and filmmakers as they explore the themes of What If and talk about their experience shooting a modern love story
    • Opposites Attract – Hear from the cast and crew on the ups and downs of Chantry and Wallace, and become acquainted with their hilarious friends
  • Three Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Two Additional Vignettes (Blu-ray exclusive):
    • Behind the Scenes of “What If” – Filmmakers and cast talk through the film’s production
    • A Modern Love Story – Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan setup the story and the filmmakers introduce us to the rest of the cast

Thanks to MuggleNet for the tip!

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